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David Solway is a Canadian poet and essayist. He is the author of The Big Lie: On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity, and is currently working on a sequel, Living in the Valley of Shmoon. His new book on Jewish and Israeli themes, Hear, O Israel!, was released by Mantua Books. His latest book is The Boxthorn Tree, published in December 2012. Visit his Website at www.davidsolway.com and his Facebook page here.
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Beware the friends of Mother Nature

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 - by David Solway

With regard to my article “The New Weathermen,” I’d like to post this just-received email from my son, a scientist at a major Canadian university, who runs his own lab, has patents pending, publishes in scientific journals, won Teacher of the Year honours, etc. I’m really proud of this kid.

“As far as I’m concerned, with all the vested interests out there (mainly the greenists), just about the only thing you can do is believe your eyes. Over the last 100 years or so, it seems that the world has warmed – all you have to do is go to the mountains and check out where the glaciers come to, and where they used to be. The Columbia Icefields have retreated something like a km or two (I forget the exact distance) in the last century, which I could see with my own eyes from photographs, glacial moraines, etc. So at least in that region of the world, it appears to be getting warmer on a century timescale, if we can assume that glacier retreat is a sign of it.

Where I run into problems is with the linking of these phenomena to activities by man. I haven’t seen evidence that I find to be convincing that there is a link. Also, claims that the last X years were the warmest on record definitely need several grains of salt, as you point out. Especially because we know, from plenty of factual evidence, of which Gore’s shenanigans and Climategate and the UN are only a few of a long list of examples, that the greenists will use any kind of lies, fraud, and tricks you can think of to support their agenda.

And then, over the long term, the climate IS going to change regardless of human activity. Kind, caring old Mother Nature is probably just preparing to send her next ice age some tens of thousands of years from now.”

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